Recently I came across a post titled ‘Toners: Why Aren’t You Using Them?
’ on the subreddit Asian Beauty
. Normally I just brush off articles like this but it contained a quote that stuck with me and just wouldn’t leave me alone.
“They get rid of excess impurities your cleanser can leave behind”.
I was (and still am) a little confused as to what they mean by impurities. Do they mean that there are impurities in the cleansing products or that the skin contain impurities that a toner can remove?
A lot of ABers, maybe even the majority, double cleanse. First, we apply some type of oil product, emulsify it and then rinse it off. This is then followed up with a second cleanser, which is typically a gel, foam or cream. The entire purpose of double cleansing is to make sure that everything on the skin is removed. So what exactly will a toner remove that the other two products can’t?
Some say residual cleansing agents, but with adequate rinsing that shouldn’t be a problem. Let’s say that you DID have residual cleanser on your face, how would a toner remove it? Most people don’t rinse after toning, so at best you are moving and diluting an already diluted surfactant. Toners are typically all water-based formulas with no surfactants, so even if we did rinse not much would be removed.
Are my thoughts on this completely off?